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Aitor Cantalapiedra set to quit Twente for Panathinaikos

FC Twente winger Aitor Cantalapiedra will not be renewing his contract this summer, with Panathinaikos his most likely destination.

A graduate of Barcelona’s La Masia, Cantalapiedra joined Twente in 2017 from Sevilla Atlético. He scored 13 times in his first season, with his goals helping the team win promotion to the Eredivisie as champions.

Speaking to Gazzetta in Greece, Twente’s outgoing technical director Ted van Leeuwen seemed to confirm Cantalapiedra’s exit.

“The reason he has not signed a new contract is purely financial,” van Leeuwen said. “He joined when the club played in the second level. That is different now.”

Twente’s €200,000-a-year salary cap is not enough to keep the winger, who is currently in Spain recovering from a foot injury.

Van Leeuwen added: “He can handle the Primera Division, so I think he can make a difference in Greece. He is a player fans come to the stadium for. I watched him for four or five years before I brought him to Twente. I don’t know what’s happening now, but if he goes to Panathinaikos, they are doing good business.”

The Super League Greece side were set for Europa League qualification fourth when the league was paused, sitting in fourth place. The arrival of Cantalapiedra would boost their squad for next season’s European campaign.

Brighton and Besiktas showed interest in Cantalapiedra in the winter transfer window, but Athens could now be his destination.

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